Quality Assurance and Enhancement

The Quality Assurance and Enhancement Service (QAE) provides a focus within the University for the development and implementation of academic quality assurance and enhancement activity, with a specific remit to oversee all provision detailed in the Quality Manual.

The Quality Manual outlines the policies and procedures concerned with the management of taught courses leading to awards made by the University of South Wales (USW). It applies equally to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) and covers all provision carrying USW credit at level 3 and above in the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW).

The University has collaborative arrangements with partner organisations both within the UK and overseas. Responsibility for academic standards and quality assurance remain with the University. Many of the standard quality processes (for example: continuous monitoring; course approval and review and the use of External Examiners) outlined in the Quality Manual apply equally to collaborative provision.

Regulations for Taught Courses

For USW students who have commenced their studies since September 2013.  Links to previous versions of the Regulations for Taught Courses can also be found following the link above.


The University is responsible for the standard of awards made in its name and for ensuring that the courses are set at the right standard from the outset. The purpose of the course approval process is to ensure that the proposed course offers a coherent course structure which is appropriate to the name of the course, the level of the course within the national qualifications framework and the subject to be validated, including any relevant QAA subject benchmarks. It also ensures that the requirements for students to achieve the learning outcomes are clear, that there are appropriate learning and teaching methods and that the assessment is designed to test the learning outcomes. These procedures have been written for all those involved in the development of new taught courses.


Members of staff should visit the relevant Faculty Quality Assurance and Enhancement Sharepoint sites for forms and guidance on processes including initial course proposal, validation and revalidation, modifications and closures.


The University of South Wales is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive and accessible education for its students via a range of courses.

The University operates a two tier assessment system with a Course External Examiner whose responsibilities will span their professional subject knowledge and their expertise as an academic in the operation of courses. The two tiers are subject assessment boards which consider module performance and award and progression assessment boards which consider the overall performance of the student.  Additional information regarding your role, payments, reports can be found on the External Examiner site.

The University defines a collaborative partnership as any arrangement in which the University makes an award or gives credit towards an award on the basis of education provided by, with or at another organisation in the UK or overseas.

Additional information regarding our collaborative partners, Link Officers or Recognised Teacher Status can be found on the Collaborative Partnerships site.